Tigh a'Chidhe, Scalpay, Isle of Harris
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There is so much on offer in the Outer Hebrides and Tigh a'Chidhe provides the perfect location from which to enjoy walking, birdwatching, golf (a 9-hole course is only 30 minutes drive away at Scarista) and cycling. For those interested in fishing, permits are easily available locally to fish for both salmon and sea trout. The beaches on the west coast of Harris are stunning - golden sandy beaches and turquoise sea against a mountainous backdrop of the hills of North Harris.
For those in search of outdoor pursuits these islands are a playground for adventure activities. Numerous boat trips are available: ferry trips from Leverburgh to North Uist and Berneray (go on foot, take a car or a bike), small boat trips to examine the islands and wildlife in the Sound of Harris, east coast of Harris Scenic Cruises and boat trips to Taransay and St Kilda in the summer from Tarbert.
Seallam! Visitor Centre at Northton is a particularly interesting exhibition centre where you can learn about the history, geology, flora and fauna of the islands. Look out for the Harris Arts programme - in the summer they host talks on Harris and St Kilda. Local guides lead daily walks to explore various locations, giving you a greater appreciation of the landscape, wildlife and historical culture of Harris.
There are numerous art galleries, potteries and tea rooms in Harris and Lewis plus places of historical and archaeological interest such as the historic Rodel Chapel in South Harris and Carloway Broch, the Black Houses at Arnol and Garenin and the spectacular 5,000 year old Callanish Standing Stones (plus excellent Visitor Centre and tea room) in Lewis. The famous Harris tweed is made throughout Harris and Lewis. It can be bought in many of the islands' shops and also direct from the weavers at Luskentyre or Plocrapool. For those without a car, one can hire bikes or there is a very good bus service covering most of the island which is available Monday to Saturdays.
- Sleeps - 4
- Bedrooms - 2 (2 doubles + study with sofabed sleeps 1)
- Bathrooms - 1 with rolltop bath and separate shower cubicle
- Washing machine and drying area
- Coal/wood burning stove in sitting-room
- Cot and high chair available
- Small garden and a patio overlooking the sea
- Garden furniture and BBQ
- Sorry, no pets
- Short breaks available in the low season
- Tarbert - 6 miles (10 min drive)
- Stornoway airport - 45 miles (1 hour 10 min drive)
- Ardhasaig House Hebrides Hotel, Harris Inn, First Fruits (summer opening) all in Tarbert
- Harris walkways/hillwalking - 2 miles
- Boat trips - 5 miles
- Golf - 22 miles
- Fishing - 15 miles
- Leisure centre with swimming pool, gymnasium and sauna - 6 miles
- Regular inter island ferry service to Uist and Skye
- Harris Tweed
Tigh a'Chidhe, Isle of Scalpay is easily accessed from the village of Tarbert in 10 minutes by single and double track roads and a bridge. It offers extremely comfortable accommodation. The cottage is double glazed throughout, has storage heating and a multi-fuel stove.
All rooms are decorated and furnished to a high standard.
The living room has breathtaking views overlooking the sea and hills. Fishing boats and yachts are a common sight and it is a perfect place to relax and unwind. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the necessary modern equipment including cooker, oven, microwave, fridge freezer, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, washing machine, iron and ironing board. Other essentials such as glasses, crockery, cutlery and a corkscrew are also provided! You can also enjoy cooking in the sun on the barbeque in the garden. The dining room has a large table with six chairs. It is a cosy room in which to dine and digest the days happenings over a glass of wine. The downstairs double bedroom has views of the sea, hills of Harris and Scalpay Village. The bed is styled with a contemporary wooden frame. There is a wardrobe, ottoman and 2 bedside tables. The bathroom, which is also downstairs, is equipped with a large rolltop bath perfect for relaxing at the end of the day. It also has a separate shower cubicle.
Upstairs is the second double bedroom which has views toward Scalpay harbour. The room has a double bed, chest of drawers, wardrobe and 2 bedside cabinets. Adjacent to the bedroom is the study which has a single sofa bed, books, CDs, games and a stereo. It also has stunning views across to the hills of Harris.
This detached traditional cottage has a small garden and a patio overlooking the sea.
From the village of Tarbert, Harris take the A868 to Kyles Scalpay/Scalpay bridge and cross, continue through the main village. At the playpark take a left turn (Signed Ardnakille) carry on for a few hundred yards, continue past Ardnakille roadend the next sign is Cuddy Point. Tigh a'Chidhe is the last house overlooking the pier on the right hand side in Cuddy Point.
All heating which is electric is included. Bed linen and towels are provided as well as some household materials.
Cost and availability
This lovely Scottish island property is rented out all year. It has a 10 am check out and a 4pm check in (but this is flexible).
Short breaks are available in the low season.
Scalpay, Harris and Lewis are now easily reached via the "toll free" Isle of Skye road bridge and the Caledonian MacBrayne car ferry from Uig (Skye) to Tarbert (Harris).
Throughout the year there is a 3 days a week return crossing and in the summer months there is a 6 days a week return crossing, including two very pleasurable Saturday crossings in each direction taking less than 2 hours.
The good news is this return journey costs less than £45 each way for a car or 4x4 due to a new subsidy. Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries recommend advance booking.
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Tigh a'Chidhe, Cuddy Point, Isle of Scalpay, Western Isles
HS1 2LS Scotland